The Library’s collecting interests in New Zealand are linked to the two countries’ shared history of exploration and discovery, political institutions, economic development and relationships with indigenous peoples.  Collecting will take these ties into account and will selectively add to substantial historical collections.

Collecting will focus on significant current social, political, economic and cultural issues.  Works which focus on subjects and topical issues of interest to Australia, and all aspects of the Australia-New Zealand relationship will be acquired.

The National Library of New Zealand has an active collecting program for the New Zealand imprint as well as an extensive digitisation program. New Zealand publications can be efficiently searched and requested from New Zealand libraries through the Library’s resource sharing service, Libraries Australia. In addition, most New Zealand government publications are freely available online. The Library will take these factors into account when acquiring New Zealand publications.